What’s For Dinner? Teaching Arctic Food Chains: Podcast Episode 5

Bowhead Whale. Photo courtesy of BlatantWorld.com, Flickr.

We already know why polar bears don’t eat penguins, but what do they eat? In this episode, we’ll share a simple activity that opens a window to understanding a unique ecosystem as one example of a food chain – the Arctic Ocean. For more information on ecosystems and food chains, see Issue 13 – Tundra: Life in the Polar Extremes.


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Length: 16:47
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Every month, Robert Payo and Stephanie Chasteen will be trekking across the poles to find ways to help you teach science in your elementary classroom. We tackle common misconceptions your students might have about science using stories, teaching activities, and the latest news related to the poles.

Here are some suggested ways to use podcasts in your teaching:

  1. Listen to learn new teaching ideas and build your science content knowledge.
  2. Have older students listen, write, and discuss episodes or segments of episodes as a way of integrating science and literacy activities.
  3. Inform your school librarian to include these in your school’s audio collection.
  4. Share on your classroom web pages for families or with your friends!

This article was written by Stephanie Chasteen, Lisa Gardiner, and Robert Payo. For more information, see the Contributors page. Email Kimberly Lightle, Principal Investigator, with any questions about the content of this site.

Copyright April 2009 – The Ohio State University. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0733024. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. This work is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Creative Commons license.

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